If you haven't been paying attention this year, The Pack's Young L has emerged a production tour-de-force, giving birth to some of the most original sounds this year. On his latest track, "Conscious Minds," the Berkeley native steps away from his usual, out-of-this world sounds and plays around with a beat more rooted in reggae and dub influences, with a splash of something that sounds like it could have been in an '80s Phil Collins song.
As an MC, Young L is far from offensive. But much like Madlib, Kanye West, or J Dilla, he's not doing his beats nearly enough justice with his own flows. In fact, I have a recurring dream where the now defunct, Def Jux-affiliated duo Cannibal Ox get back together to record an album produced entirely by Young L. It won't ever happen, but I can dream, right?